One of the first stops on the path to film awards season is the Toronto International Film Festival. Boasting one of the largest and most eclectic selections of films from all over the world, it’s safe to say that a visit to the festival has been on my film nerd wish-list for quite some time. This year, that wish became a reality.
The festival ran this year from September 5th to the 15th and I arrived in Toronto on the eve of 5th with plans to post a series of blog entries running through my various experiences at TIFF as they happened. It’s safe to say that it wasn’t meant to be as I severely overestimated the amount of time I would actually have to sit down and produce actual quality writing. Not discussing one of the greatest experiences of my life at all however, would be a mistake and that brings us to this very blog entry.
Over the course of the festival I attended fifteen events in total; thirteen film screenings, one Q & A, and a live read of a previously produced screenplay. The films I had the opportunity to check out were an interesting bunch, some of which will almost certainly factor in to the Academy Awards next year. With this the first of numerous entries, I plan to discuss everything I had the opportunity to see at the festival, along with random experiences I had during my time in the great white north. Toronto, I hardly knew you.